I am a very antsy and maybe an easily distracted person but it really bugs me that we do more talk than action – generally speaking as humans. It is often easier to talk, dream, write about an idea than it is to do it. But life is all about Action Needed.
There is a place for talk, reading, dreaming (and it feels wrong for me to write about this because I am a writer) but we need to put more into application than we do into theory. Thinking and dreaming is fun, action often means uncomfortable change.
Action is why I have written Simple Living – 30 days to less stuff and more life that is due to come out next week (Sep 24). I am super excited to share it with you because it is just that… an action book. 30 projects/assignments that work to simplify your life.
So when I got this e-mail a few weeks ago from Laura I thought it was a brilliant idea and it seemed to be the perfect timing:
“I was wondering if you could post a challenge for your readers? It would be fun. Challenge us in some way and that will create discussion about what was hard and why.” — Laura
So starting next week I will be posting a challenge on Sundays for you to try out during the week. The idea is new and I am not quite sure how it is going to work out and I would love your input to make it the best it can be.
Challenges will include areas of the home, schedule, food, money, technology.. and anything else we can come up with.
These aren’t things you ‘have to do’. I am not trying to add anything to your schedule but changing habits is hard. Sometimes it is a bit easier to get out of routine for a few days just so you understand how you are really living. Then you can make decisions specific to your situation with that information.
Basic idea — Reading about simple living is great, but we need to make sure we do more action than we do dreaming.
Challenge #1 – Clothes
Since this is the first challenge I figured this would be an easy place to start.
- If you already have a pretty bare closet – get rid of (or put away in storage if you really need to keep it) 1 item from your wardrobe.
- If you have a standard closet – get rid of 1 piece every day for the next 7 days (or pull out 7 items at once and save time)